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Mr. Richard Tempalski, HQE, DAF

Mr. Richard Tempalski, HQE, DAF

Chief Modeling & Simulation Officer, Chief Modeling and Simulation Office (CMSO)

Mr. Richard Tempalski, a Department of the Air Force (DAF) designated Highly Qualified Expert (HQE), serves as the Chief Modeling & Simulation Officer (CMSO). As the CMSO, he leads this newly established mission in overseeing DAF modeling and simulation investments, circa 3 Billion dollars, and opportunities while looking for optimization across the Enterprise. Tempalski engages with stakeholders in the U.S. Department of Defense (DoD), academia, industry, federal agencies, and coalition partners, to identify, initiate, and revise policy, develop the workforce, and establish modeling and simulation (M&S) architecture standards. Mr. Tempalski is also leading the work to design a knowledge management system enabling re-use of resources, as well as developing an M&S certification mechanism for Major Defense Acquisition Programs in support of Milestone A reviews.

Mr. Tempalski has over 32 years’ experience in the U.S. Department of Defense, with the majority being in the research and development (R&D) community, developing modeling and simulation capabilities, and creating systems and processes for advanced analytics. In addition to his experience in R&D, Tempalski served as an active duty officer in the Air Force and as an enlisted member in the U.S. Army Reserve.

Prior to assuming his current position as CMSO for the Department of the Air Force, Mr. Tempalski worked in the Adaptive Capabilities Office (ACO) within the Defense Advanced Research Projects Agency (DARPA) as the Modeling and Simulation Program Manager, where he was responsible for development of M&S architectures enabling the vetting of novel, joint warfighting constructs. He also served in the Office of Naval Intelligence (ONI) as head of the Modeling & Simulation Division, where he executed and oversaw all aspects of the production and experimentation of verified and validated models. In addition to this role at ONI, Tempalski was principal for the Maritime GEOINT Intelligence Cell (MaGIC) and was instrumental in designing and building ONI’s Advanced Visualization Environment Laboratory. He also served as the Naval Intelligence liaison to Fleet Cyber Command, and as a senior engineer, enhancing modeling and simulation capability for threat-based systems. Mr. Tempalski holds a Master of Science in engineering management and technology management and a Bachelor of Science in electronics engineering.

  • 07-May-2024
    General Session: Lonestar Ballrooms DEF
    DAF M&S Update